Biological Systems Engineering


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Published by University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Livestock Environmental Issues Committee.


Pivot Irrigation of Livestock Manure
The selection of an appropriate land application method for manure can have an impact on several environmental issues. Individual methods should be evaluated based upon impact on:

• Air quality
• Water quality
• Soil conservation and quality
• Pathogen transmission

The following discussion will review these considerations as they relate to application of manure or lagoon effluent through a center pivot system. A generalized comparison of the relative strengths and weaknesses of alternative application methods is attached in Table 1.